What do bunny slippers, whole grains, milk, and fruit have in common? You can enjoy all of them before you even get dressed. That’s right, when you eat a balanced breakfast, you can check off a few servings of your daily whole grains, dairy, and fruit before you’re even out of your slippers!

Mix and match breakfast ideas

Half sandwich on whole wheat bread
1 cup low-fat milk
1 piece of whole grain toast
1 cup soy milk (calcium fortified)
1 small whole wheat bagel
1.5 ounces cheese
100% Fruit juice (4 oz.)
Breakfast burrito (whole wheat tortilla with 1 scrambled egg and 1.5 ounces cheese)
About 15 grapes
5 whole grain crackers
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup canned peaches
1/2 whole wheat english muffin
1.5 ounces cheese
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup dried fruit & nuts
1 cup cold cereal
1 cup low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Leftovers are perfect for breakfast, too!

Add some excitement to your hot ceral

Does the thought of the same old hot cereal bring you down? Stir in one or a combination of these delicious mix-ins to your morning oatmeal and you won't be sorry!

  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Almonds, Walnuts, or pecans, chopped or sliced
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Applesauce
  • Fresh fruit like apples and bananas, sliced or chopped
  • Frozen fruit like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries
  • Canned fruit like peaches and pears, sliced or chopped
  • Dried fruit like raisins, cranberries, or apricots

More tips to make the most of your morning

A glass containing yogurt, granola, raspberries, and blueberries.

Make mornings easier

  • Early to bed. Early to rise.
  • Plan morning menus each week.
  • Stock your kitchen with quick-to-fix breakfast foods.
  • Give kids a choice - offer a couple of different things for breakfast.
  • Savor the mornings when you can cook breakfast with your loved ones.

Physical activity in the morning

Put on your walking shoes or play an exercise video before anything else can disrupt your physical activity plans for the day. Those who are active in the morning are the most likely to stick to healthy habits.

 Featured Recipes

Breakfast Burritos

Beat together the eggs and milk in a small bowl.Lightly coat skillet with nonstick cooking spray. pour egg mixture into pan and cook, stirring constantly, over medium to low heat until eggs become firm. Remove from heat (eggs will continue to cook).Spoon half of egg mixture down the center of each tortilla. Top each with half of the cheese.Fold or roll tortilla and serve with salsa.

breakfast burritos

Breakfast Splits

Cut banana in half lengthwise, place in shallow bowl.Top with yogurt, cereal, and fruit.

 breakfast parfaits